Alison Ruttan: Unmaking of Places and Histories
@ University Galleries of Illinois State University
11 Uptown Circle, Suite 103, Normal, IL 61761
Opening Friday, October 25th, from 5PM - 7PM
On view through Sunday, December 15th
Opening reception for two new exhibitions!
-Eric Anthony Berdis: Don’t let them clip your tiny little insect wings
-Alison Ruttan: Unmaking of Places and Histories
The reception is free and open to the public.
Please contact University Galleries at 309.438.5487 or email@example.com for additional information.
Programs at University Galleries are funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
“Unmaking of Places and Histories” features new and recent architectural ceramic sculptures by Chicago-based artist Alison Ruttan. She draws on the histories of art, architecture, and warfare to address the aftermath of conflicts in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq, as a way of, in her words, “bearing witness from here.” One gallery is dedicated to the artist’s “Dark City,” a tabletop row of nine white ceramic buildings referencing the widespread destruction in Syria. The row of forms begins with a solid building, seemingly intact, but the other eight progressively crumble and flatten. Ruttan cites the influence of artists Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt in terms of remaking similar geometric forms, but in her work, various states of collapse and devastation are evident within the Modern grid. The artist sees the small scale of her works as a “purposely intimate anti-war monument.”
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